The Best Places to Golf in Ireland
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The Most Amazing Places to Play Golf in Ireland
Ireland's green landscape is beautiful to explore, but it also makes the Emerald Isle a real-life paradise for golfers.
In Ireland, you can connect with friends while riding the Atlantic waves or play alongside the pros on the best championship courses. The country has several of the 50 best golf courses in the world and more than 400 golf courses in total. This means that around 30 percent of the world's golf courses are located in Ireland.
Well-groomed greens, natural hazards, and creative layouts are fun to play with.
1. Ballyliffin (Co Donegal)
The Ballyliffin Golf Club is home to two courses: Old Links and Glashedy Links. Together they make up 36 holes of some of the best links in Ireland. The greens and fairways seem to have fallen into the Donegal landscape and natural hazards are a constant challenge. Don't let the view of the Atlantic distract you too much from the famous Glashedy design, created by Pat Ruddy and Tom Craddock.
2. Ballybunion Old Course (Co Kerry)
Ballybunion is a popular seaside resort for many families in Ireland, but golfers always come to the County Kerry town for the old country. Kerry is known for its spectacular scenery and natural hazards are beautifully incorporated into this seaside course. After entering Ballybunion Course, plan a second day in the area to tackle Cashen Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, the famous golf course architect who designed courses in 35 different countries throughout his long career.
3. Royal Portrush (Co Antrim)
The 36-hole Royal Portrush Golf Club is one of Northern Ireland's premier golf destinations. The club has two link courses, Dunluce Links and Valley Links, with Dunluce being the most famous. The club originally opened as a 9 hole course in 1888 and has become one of the most enjoyable courses to play in Ireland throughout its long history. Dunluce Links offers some of the most breathtaking scenery of all Ireland's countryside, situated on the Atlantic coast and overlooking the cliffs that are home to Dunluce Castle with the Giant's Causeway ahead. There are small greens and huge dunes, which makes the route as difficult as it is beautiful.
4. Portmarnock (Co Dublin)
The beautiful Portmarnock Golf Course is located on a three-kilometer-long peninsula, just ten miles from Dublin. The first nine holes were opened in 1894 and have since become one of the most adorable and challenging link courses in all of Ireland. The course is surrounded by water on three sides and has a famous par three at the 15th hole. The first Irish Open was held in Portmarnock in 1927, and the championship has returned many times over the years. You don't have to take our word for it. Golf Digest has repeatedly named Portmarnock one of the best golf courses in Ireland and Tiger Woods as "one of the most enjoyable link courses I have ever had the opportunity to play on."
5. The K Club (Co Kildare)
The Kildare Hotel and Golf Club is better known to golf connoisseurs as the K Club. The golf complex was built around a glamorous manor house dating back to 1830 and has plenty of classic charm and modern luxury. Both courses were designed by golf legend Arnold Palmer, with one becoming the first Irish course to host the Ryder Cup in 2006. The Ryder Cup course is a challenging golf course and is considered by many serious players to be a fixture. the bucket list. The Smurfit course is a link course with dunes running through it and offers beautiful scenery along each hole.
6. Tralee Golf Club (Co Kerry)
The picturesque Tralee Golf Club was the first European course designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer. The link course uses the rugged natural coastline to create 18 incredibly challenging and beautiful holes. The scenario led Palmer to declare "He had never found such a suitable land for the construction of a golf course." Take the time to see if you agree.
7. Lahinch (Co Clare)
With over 125 years of golf history under its belt, Lahinch is one of the oldest and greatest courses in Ireland. It was first designed by Old Tom Morris, one of the first pattern makers in Irish golf. It has been modernized since its opening in 1892, but the landscape is what really offers some of the most classic aspects of the course. Here is a completely unpredictable danger: goats. Goats were introduced by a caddy in the 20th century, and a herd can still roam the countryside. Goats should be great meteorologists, and if you see them hanging around the clubhouse instead of grazing on the lawns, you are likely to have stormy weather in Ireland.
8. Royal County Down (Co Down)
Founded in 1889, Royal County Down is one of the oldest golf clubs in Northern Ireland. The club consists of two link courses, Championship Course and Annesley Links, for a total of 36 holes. Nestled in the pristine landscape of the Murlough Nature Reserve near the Morne Mountains, the narrow streets are surrounded by moorland. The Annesley links are shorter than the neighboring championship course, but still offer a good test of golf skills through the dunes.
9. Slieve Russell (Co Cavan)
Set in the peaceful Cavan countryside, the Slieve Russell hotel's golf course incorporates the lakes and drumlins for which the county is known. Designed by Patrick Merrigan, it is one of eight PGA National courses in the world and offers an 18-hole challenge. The par 72 course is considered one of the best parkland golf courses in all of Ireland. There is also a nine-hole course at the PGA National Academy for a quicker test of your golf prowess.
10. Druids Glen (Co Wicklow)
Just 30 minutes from Dublin near the Wicklow Mountains, Druids Glen Resort makes the most of its 360 acres of land to offer two championship golf courses. Druids Glen opened in 1995 and has hosted the Irish Open for four consecutive years. The nearby Druids Heath course offers 18 holes on rolling courses, and there is also a driving range and golf academy on site to help you perfect your game.
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